01 May 2014
CONTENT AND KEO INK FIRST LOOK DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR NEW SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING
Global entertainment company Content Media Corporation (Content) today announced a first look agreement with leading UK indie KEO Films Limited (KEO). As factual specialist KEO steps into the scripted content arena, the deal will see both companies working together to jointly develop scripted material, with Content having first look distribution rights to represent the programming on the international stage.
With a number of projects already in development, the new agreement applies to the development, production and exploitation of scripted drama programming.
Debbie Manners, Managing Director, KEO Films said, “We’re excited about extending our range from factual entertainment and documentary to incorporate scripted and believe our growing development slate has high UK and international prospects. We wanted to make sure that every aspect of our new programming can be exploited worldwide in traditional and digital media and we are sure, with its vast experience and fantastic global network, that Content will do a great job.”
Greg Phillips, President, Content Television & Digital, added, “KEO is an exceptional UK indie with a great reputation for delivering high-end programming that people want to watch. This is the perfect time for them to broaden their reach and we are delighted to be working with Debbie and her team. KEO’s development slate is very exciting and is completely compatible with what we do in delivering scripted programming which resonates strongly across multiple platforms with homegrown and international audiences alike.”
KEO is an independent television and digital production company and is in the business of developing, producing and exploiting programmes in traditional and digital media worldwide. The company has produced an array of award winning factual entertainment and documentary programmes for broadcasters in the UK, Australia and the USA.
Content Media Corporation has inked a number of strategic deals with leading companies in recent months including with Nurse Jackie producer Caryn Mandabach’s Mandabach Productions; Robert Halmi Jnr’s Great Point Media which has just been commissioned to produce a 13 part mythological drama Olympus for Syfy; Canadian indie producer Edyson Entertainment; Dr Bruno Wu’s multi-faceted production house Seven Stars Media in Beijing and innovative Finnish format producer Aito Media.
For further information contact:
The Lippin Company (for Content Media)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3008 5406
Mary Collins PR (for KEO Films)
Tel: 07769 670516
About KEO Films
KEO is an integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company that last year topped the Televisual Production 100 Peer Poll for TV Indies. We develop and produce content that has something to say, and has a reason to exist beyond achieving ratings.The company's innovative approach has resulted in its programming becoming both ratings powerhouses and award winners, a fact well illustrated by our most recent production slate which includes Skint, a four part series for C4, Hugh’s Fish Fight, 2 series for C4 and Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, a one off documentary for BBC 2. KEO brings a strong, ethical brand reputation through its work and integration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, twice named Observer Campaigner of the Year, and the hugely successful River Cottage brand, now in its 14th iteration. KEO have collected four BAFTAs, two Grierson Awards, an International Emmy award, an Oscar nomination, a string of Royal Television Society Awards and numerous industry prizes in its short lifespan.In 15 years the company has produced over 350 hours of engaging, challenging and entertaining programmes, a number of DVDs, numerous websites and various mobile applications. We have 45 full-time members of staff across 4 offices in the UK and a sizable pool of freelance talent to draw upon. Channels that we work with include BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC 4, Channel 4, More 4, Yahoo!, National Geographic and Foxtel.
About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Ltd is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to 255 titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 3,900 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile. www.contentmediacorp.com.